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Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 2 in Afghan Capital


A damaged minibus is seen at the scene after it was attacked by a suicide attacker in Kabul, Afghanistan, 12 Jan 2011

A damaged minibus is seen at the scene after it was attacked by a suicide attacker in Kabul, Afghanistan, 12 Jan 2011

Afghan officials say a suicide bomber on a motorbike killed at least two people in an attack close to the country's parliament Wednesday.

Afghanistan's Interior Minister Zemarai Bashary said the blast in the capital Kabul took place near a minibus carrying Afghan intelligence personnel.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which wounded some 30 people.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, coalition officials and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul all condemned the attack.

Witnesses say the early morning blast damaged the bus and shattered windows of nearby buildings. They said they saw the attacker's body near the wreckage of his motorbike.

The bombing is the third attack in the capital in the past month.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which wounded some 30 people.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, coalition officials and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul all condemned the suicide bombing.

Meanwhile, NATO officials say five service members were killed Wednesday in separate attacks. The statement said four of them were killed in separate bomb attacks in southern and eastern Afghanistan, while a fifth servicemember was killed fighting insurgents.

And a roadside bomb that went off in the east killed a senior Afghan intelligence officer and his driver.

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